The movie adaptation of the best-selling video game franchise Uncharted has been in development for almost eight years and it has just suffered another setback. Sony has officially removed the film from its already rescheduled June 30, 2017, release with no immediate plans to fix a new date.
The adventures of globetrotting treasure hunter Nathan Drake have enthralled gamers since 2007, and Sony is hoping to launch a movie franchise that emulates the same long-lasting success. However, the road to bringing Drake to the big screen has been a difficult one and has exhausted the talents of filmmakers such as David O Russell (American Hustle), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), and Neil Burger (Limitless).
A few months ago, hope arrived when The Grey director Joe Carnahan signed up to rewrite the script, and even though Sony hadn't announced a director, it was believed that Carnahan was in line for the job. There's no specific reason for the latest delay, but as Sony wants Carnahan to push on and get Bad Boy 3 into production; it could be a case that Bad Boys is closer to being ready to shoot than Uncharted. Considering that Sony has yet to secure an actor to play Drake, a summer 2017 launch was looking unlikely long before the delay was announced.
2016 has been another mixed bag of offerings in the movies based on video games genre with The Angry Birds, Racket and Clank and Warcraft joining the ranks. The world of gaming has yet to produce a great movie, but next year could finally deliver a worthy adaptation with the Michael Fassbender led Assassin's Creed from director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth). Add to that a gritty reboot of Tomb Raider due for release in 2018 with Academy-Award winner Alicia Vikander as Laura Croft, maybe there's hope for the genre yet.